It’s so hard to believe that it is March already! But for this Mom, it’s means her college student is home on break. While it has only been a month since he has been home(so he could watch our team WIN the Superbowl), it seems like it has been forever. I know that he is enjoying being at college, but he also loves his bed and home-cooked meals.
But I know that is hard for him to be here because it means he has to account for his time at home. At school, he could go to bed when he wanted to, get up what he wanted to, study when he was ready to.
So then he comes home, and Mom has certain, uh, rules that he has to live by. You know, clean up the dishes, put the laundry IN the hamper, and no staying up all hours playing video games because the old Mom needs her sleep.
Kind of boring, eh? Yeah I agree. So how do you get around it? Here are some easy ways to set boundaries when your college student is home.
When Your College Student Is Home : Tips For Setting Boundaries
- Step back a moment. Remember how awesome you felt when you were finally away from your parents? Remember that feeling and give your child the benefit of the doubt.
- Be clear with your expectations. After they come home and enjoy a good night’s sleep in their bed, take a few moments to cover a few expectations. If you want them to unload and reload the dishwasher? Tell them. Same things goes for starting their laundry. By having clear direction, you can avoid a lot of unpleasantness.
- Trust your parenting. Chances are, the lessons you shared with them while growing up follow them off to school. When they are home, trust that they are able to make the same sound decisions.
- Let them have some fun. They have been working hard during the semester, let them relax and have fun. It will make life much happier when your college student is home.
Every parent loves when their college student is home. It makes for a complete family, and it just feels right. So enjoy the time with your student before they are off and running again.
What tips do you have when your college student is home?
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